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Severe pain in the eye after scuba diving. Do I have a perforated eardrum?

hi, i have been freediving today, have scubadived before and never had any problems with my ears with equalising or with pain. I always used to go down to 5m and be fine. However, the past days trying to dive I have sharp pain on reaching 4m. 2 years ago, more maybe, I jumped off a very high bridge over a lake and when I hit the water I felt a sharp pain that lasted for several days after, and was like my ear was blocked up. I assume now that I perforated my eardru, but at the time I did nothing for it, and after a few days the pain dissipated and have forgotten about it. I like jumping into water a lot but two months ago jumping had tshar pain entering the water as well. I assume form the change in pressure. Anyway, my question is, is it possble that I still have a damaged ear?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Hi welcome to Health care magic forum.
Thanks for calling H.C.M.
So far i understand you had some or other discomfert in the ear after diving and it is subsiding automatically by its own. It is suggestive of sudden closure of the eustachian tube due to difference of the pressure , inside and out side of the middle ear.
It is always preferable to consult an E.N.T.surgeon for clarification of doubts and to exclude any damage to the ear. And to have some hints to avoid the injury to the ear. It is necessory to keep the mouth closed during the process.
Wishing for a quick recovery , and no recurrance.
Answered: Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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